Archive for 2012 Presidential Primary

House Ethics Committee extends Michele Bachmann probe

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Tsk Tsk. Nice Christian lady like her embroiled in a mess like this? Whouldathunk?

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it will extend its probe of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 White House bid, although it gave no timetable for a resolution of the long-standing case.

The decision came with the release of 430-pages of investigative materials from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which found “substantial reason” to believe Bachmann’s campaign violated campaign finance laws and rules barring the use of campaign staff to promote her book, “Core of Conviction.”

The OCE report is the first by any of the half-dozen federal and state agencies investigating Bachmann's campaign that offers an official window into the nature and the scope of the allegations arising from Bachmann’s topsy-turvy White House bid.

While deciding to pursue the Bachmann case further, the Ethics Committee leaves the four-term congresswoman somewhat in an ethical limbo: The committee chose not to dismiss the case against her; nor did it immediately impanel a subcommittee to conduct hearings into the case.

Cartoon by Steve Sack

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Inventor of Etch A Sketch dies in France at 86, Mitt Romney Inconsolable

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Farewell, you brought much joy into the Democrats hearts! Added- Just heard from my "sources"** that Mitt is just riding up and down in his car elevator, swigging buttermilk and sobbing softly.

BRYAN, Ohio — Andre Cassagnes, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France, the toy's maker said.

Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, said the Ohio Art Co., based in Bryan in northwest Ohio. The cause wasn't disclosed Saturday.

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Then an electrical technician, Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late 1950s when he peeled a translucent decal from a light switch plate and found pencil mark images transferred to the opposite face, the Toy Industry Association said.

Ohio Art saw his idea at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1959. The toy, with its gray screen, red frame and two white knobs that are twisted back and forth to create drawings, was launched in 1960 and became the top seller that holiday season. More than 100 million have been sold worldwide since.

Though passed over in popularity for video games and gadgets, the toy has a steady market, the company has said. It got a big jump in sales after Etch A Sketch was featured in the first two "Toy Story" movies, and Ohio Art capitalized on a much-publicized gaffe by a Mitt Romney aide during last year's presidential election, who was asked about his candidate's views during the primary season versus the general election.


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"Sources" just equate to the voices in my head, but hey, at least I'm honest about it!

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Hiding Something? Michele Bachmann Refuses To Pay Campaign Staffers

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You better start appealing to the gods Michele, 'cause unpaid staffers write books and tell tales.

Congresswoman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who has already complained this year of the “spending problem in Washington,” appears to have a spending problem of her own. A former staffer claims the Minnesota Republican is refusing to pay him and four other staffers for their work on the Iowa caucuses.

“I haven’t any idea, and I say that with great candor and humility, as to why Michele chooses not to pay a handful of staff,” said Peter Waldron, a consultant in charge of Christian outreach.

The money at stake is about $5,000, owed to the campaign staffers who were under the impression they would receive work for the final month they spent in Iowa cleaning up Bachmann’s campaign office.

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This time around, however, Bachmann apparently has more than $2 million in her campaign account, but is withholding the $5,000 Waldron says because he and four other staffers have refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would keep them from discussing “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they saw during the campaign.

Waldron says he decided to “go public” with his side of the story after a full year of “broken promises” by Bachmann’s finance chairman, Steven Pollack. He believes he and the other staffers are being punished for participating in a criminal investigation related to Bachmann’s alleged misuse of an email list.

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Secret VIDEO-- Rick Santorum: Fighting same-sex marriage more important than outlawing abortion

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(Credit: Reuters/Brian Losness)

Wait, so according to Rick Santorum, preventing and condemning another from loving someone, caring deeply for someone, having a legal, monogamous, life-long relationship with the person of their choice is now more important than all that passionate "pro-life", "baby killer" talk?

Man on Dog” Santorum's priority is no longer the irrational love of zygotes? Who'd a thunk it? He's now placing the fight against love between two consenting adults over his obsession with women's reproductive rights.

That's right, he's suddenly more focused on men's private parts than women's.

Via Salon, where there are more details, here he at a closed-door Spokane fundraiser for the Family Policy Institute of Washington:

SF Gate:

“The movement you are fighting is the most important movement to win,” Santorum added.  He said it is even more important that the movement to block abortion in America.  He warned that marriage will “disintegrate” along with the American family if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

“This issue will destroy and undermine the church in American more than any other movement,” said Santorum.

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Sheldon Adelson, who is under DOJ investigation: Obama will go after me, Romney won't

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Two recent flashbacks:

The Las Vegas Sands Corp., controlled by Romney donor Sheldon Adelson, is the target of a U.S. money-laundering probe.

And Company of Newt Gingrich’s big donor, Sheldon Adelson, has alleged ties to bribes, Chinese mob.

So with that in mind, Politico's Mike Allen wondered what Adelson's primary motivation is for supporting Mitt Romney. Could it be the federal criminal investigation into his company's business practices? HuffPo's Ryan Grim reports:

In a wide-ranging, two-hour interview with Politico's Mike Allen published Monday, Adelson himself answered the question.

The top reason Adelson gave for backing Romney and opposing President Barack Obama is "self defense," as Allen put it, referencing the probe into Las Vegas Sands Corp. "Adelson said a second Obama term would bring government 'vilification of people that were against him.' He thinks he would be at the top of that list and contends that he already has been targeted for his political activity," Allen wrote. [...]

In other words, Adelson is spending millions of dollars to curry political favor in the United States, hoping to fend off charges that he spent millions of dollars to curry political favor in Asia.

A kajillionaire is trying his best to buy the election for a guy who he believes will go easy on him legally, and for good reason.

And to think there are people out there who still think we don't need campaign finance reform...

H/t: Dan Froomkin

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Here we go yet AGAIN: Producers pull "Romney Girl" video

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Per Greg Mitchell, Universal Media Group has ordered the producers of the "Romney Girl" video to "cease and desist" using the song "Barbie Girl."

The video is now set to "private" on YouTube.

Let's recap, shall we?

Team Romney, what’samatta you?

February 2012: Rapper K’Naan seeking legal action against him for using his song

July 16, 2012: Oops! Team Romney campaign ad “no longer available due to copyright claim”

August 16, 2012: Team Romney busted again! L.A. band: “We don’t like people going behind our backs using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign.”

And now… September 2012: 'Romney Girl' Ordered to Shut Up!

UPDATE: Please forgive my lack of clarity, I was not at my best when I wrote this post. The "Romney Girl" video in question is a not pro-Romney. My point should have been more obvious: Stop using songs without permission, period, no matter whose side you're on.

H/t: @phive0phor

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Here we go again! Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider: "I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song."

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Forgive me for repeating myself, but:

Previously, I posed the question, what is so hard about getting permission before using someone else’s work for your campaign? Exhibits A-D:

Stepping on other people, exploitation, doing whatever they want–with no foresight– for personal gain… yup, that pretty much sums up the GOP.

Team Romney, what’samatta you?

February 2012: Rapper K’Naan seeking legal action against him for using his song

July 16, 2012: Oops! Team Romney campaign ad “no longer available due to copyright claim”

August 16, 2012: Team Romney busted again! L.A. band: “We don’t like people going behind our backs using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign.”

And now...August 22, 2012: Via the New York Daily News, it's Paul Ryan's turn. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister:

"I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song 'Were Not Gonna Take It' as recorded by my band Twisted Sister... There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X."

Again, what is so hard about getting permission? Especially since Republicans are so unbearably and smugly self-righteous and brag about being the upstandingest of them all.

H/t: @phive0phor

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